I like the reaction I'm getting to various threads around here, so I'd thought I'd start another one! DOES ANYONE AGREE WITH ME THAT THE GOLDEN AGE OF ACTION MOVIES IS GONE? Obviously, I'm not suggesting a return back to the early '80s days of misogynistic, OTT and right wing Action/Adventure movies like Rambo, Rocky, the Death Wish movies, Chuck Norris movies and John Milius productions. But I what about the Die Hards, Lethal Weapons, Midnight Runs, Last Boy Scouts, Freejacks, The Rocks and True Lies? Those films were and still are so enjoyable (well, allowing for various personal tastes)! Just out of curiosity, can anyone tell me what projects (directing-wise) are Richard Donner, Tony Scott, Simon West, John Woo, Steven Norrington, James Cameron (sorry ), Ridley Scott and maybe... Joel Silver & Michael Bay are working on? It seems they're silent at the moment or maybe I'm out of the loop! But in the case of John Woo, somebody tell me what the hell is going on? It's been just over a decade since he came to Hollywood and he's only put out ONE decent movie! (You all know what it is AND that it deserves a Special Edition DVD). I'm sure that John Woo left Hong Kong because he believed he'd acheived all he could there and that America would offer him bigger budgets, better special effects, recognised Stars and improved Marketing & Distribution. But in effect, all I've seen is that they've neutered him! Sure, the Studios don't want him churning our R Rated, two-gun, multiple body count thrillers ALL the time. They want to see what else he can do, but offering him staid and poor scripts like Broken Arrow and Paycheck is plain insulting, to him and his fans! When he was offered Face/Off I'm sure his eyes lit up, because it was a treatment that suited his style. It offered themes of dual personalities, one partner versus/needs the other, issues of trust and loyalty, confusion and epic set pieces. Therefore it was his best film. I admired Windtalkers, if for the sentiment but not for the execution, and it was a personal project that he wanted to get made. But it's sad that he last directed Paycheck as it was one of the most average thrillers that I've seen. ANY director could have taken that on and there was NOTHING in the script that allow John to showcase his skills. I can only guess that he took on the movie in order to play the Hollywood 'system' - whereby you direct standard movies, in order to boost your profile and prove yourself to the bigwigs so you can get you own projects made. You would think that if Hollywood is the 'land' of the most creative, writing and producing talent, how come we rarely see it? It makes me wonder if that long held catchphrase if true: "Hollywood! The famous town Where Nobody Knows Anything!"